It was an emotional interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show when Kelly had country singer Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins open up about adopting their four-year-old daughter Willa Gray.
Kelly asked why the couple decided to adopt before having a biological child and Lauren mentioned how her mom was adopted.
“I just thought it was really cool,” she said. “We’d talked about it off and on, but it wasn’t something that we had sat down and had, like, a full-on adoption conversation.”
Lauren went to Uganda in 2016 with the organization 147 Million Orphans and she connected with a baby girl while there. She called Thomas up on FaceTime and told him that they had to find a home for the girl.
“I was telling him her story and I was like, ‘Babe, we know so many people who are trying to adopt right now, and this little girl needs a forever home,’” she said. “I was, like, so moved. I mean, the second I touched her, it was, like, electric. I was like, ‘Oh my word. This little girl has just taken my heart.’ I was like, ‘Honey, we’ve gotta find her her forever home. Like, I know that’s why I’m here is to get this girl to her home.’”
This is when Kelly started to tear up. She said, “I did my own makeup and this is not waterproof. It’s so beautiful because I know that feeling. As a mama, you touch them and you hug them. It doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not. We’re a blended family. You’re like, this is my purpose. It’s such a powerful thing.”
Thomas ended up telling his wife to bring him the baby.
“I don’t fully remember even saying it,” he said. “It was, like, such a spiritual thing for me that it came out of my body. Then, literally two weeks after, we were having home assessments and talking to adoption agencies.”
The couple recently welcomed their third daughter into the world!
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